I emailed this letter to the Boise mayor and City Council members recently and as of the date of sending this I have not heard from any of them.
To the Mayor and City Council Members: As a recently retired small-business owner, it bothers me that anyone would hire personnel with a one-time budget surplus of $500,000 since employees (unless they are temporary positions) add to the budget every year. I just found out today that the positions request by the mayor were approved at the March 15 meeting. What really upsets me is that you can consider tax revenues as surplus. This is one-time taxpayer money and should be considered for being returned to the taxpayers and not used to create new non-essential positions. I would like to hear the justification for your decisions.
David Bennett, Boise
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